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True or False: Buying Leads to More Buying

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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So, what's your guess? Does buying one thing lead you to putting another item in that cart or over your arm to carry to the register?

Maybe some of you say false, that when you need to just grab a dozen eggs, that is all you buy. You don't browse the breads, you don't wander any other aisle, you go directly to the eggs, and back to the register, pay, and leave.

That is great. And maybe that happens sometimes, but think about when you need to purchase a white button-down shirt. You head to the mall, into your favorite store, and find one or two to try on. Then you spot a cute pair of pants and throw those over your arm to see how they fit. And then you pass the piles of sweaters in new spring colors. Before you know it, you have a mound of clothes you are assessing in that horribly-lit dressing room. And you buy something other than just a white button-down shirt.

I think more times than not the answer is true. Buying leads to more buying. I know it is true for me. It is especially true when I'm shopping for Kiddo's stuff. If we just need more Play-Doh, I'll snag a few extra bits of art paper and a maze book. Or if she needs new leggings, a cute Hello Kitty t-shirt jumps out at me. Yes, buying leads to more buying.

It is one of those human nature, subconscious doofy things that happen to all of us at some point. Right, maybe not when you are shopping for a car (I hope you haven't uttered -- or heard from your partner -- "Honey, the jeep looked great, so I got it too!"), but when you pop to the mall or the grocery store for just one or two things, you end up with three or nine items in that bag.

How do we spring clean this shopping hiccup? We stop the cycle of it. Obviously, if you don't go to the store, you don't buy more than you need. But, sometimes we have to go to shopping. 

So, whenever you are out shopping, before you check out, stop. Stop and take a minute to look at what is in your hand or your cart. Is this what you came in here for? Really think about these purchases. You know you are going to get that one thing you needed...do you really need to spend money on any of the others.

The first time you do this, it may or may not work, but keep stopping yourself and thinking. Then, when you do go and put something back and decide NOT to buy that extra thing or two, it will make you feel good. Trust me. Then the next time, you stop and think and do it again, you will feel good again. This is how you stop the overbuying cycle.

What do you think -- does buying lead to more buying? Do you ever just buy the one thing you need? When do you buy more?

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by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Jessica on Mar. 21, 2012 at 6:28 AM

Yes, it seems like once I start buying I can't stop. Like potato chips or something.

by Nikki on Mar. 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

It would depend on what but normally false for me.

by Kristen on Mar. 21, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Sometimes. I can see how it can be easy though...I'm going to target today. That's about the only store I can spend a ton of money in. But I'm sticking to my list.
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by Jessica on Mar. 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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Quoting yourpassion:

Sometimes. I can see how it can be easy though...I'm going to target today. That's about the only store I can spend a ton of money in. But I'm sticking to my list.

Yea, sticking to the list is important!

by Tracy on Mar. 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

yes i think so.. everytime im in the store specially thrift stores or bargain type stores i always just keep on buying lol

by Dawn on Mar. 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM
Yes I think it's true in some situations. When I go grocery shopping I really try to stick to my list. But if I go to get seeds and plants for my garden I have a list but usually get items that weren't on my list. Clothes shopping for the kids is also when I end up with more.
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

It's true for me.  If I think I've saved some money, then I have more to spend.  It can be very difficult.  I've even taken my mom shopping with me to help me stick to my list.

by Suzie on Mar. 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM


by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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No it's not true I just buy what I need sometimes its not on my list but thats just bc I forgot to wrote it on my list and then remember later when I see it.

by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

How do we know that the "extras" are just things we really did need and had forgotten to put on the list?  Like the other day when I went to get ice cream for milkshakes and realized we needed lettuce for the burgers we were having.  I also needed mayo, but didn't realize it until I got home and was putting stuff out for the burgers. 

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